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Thomas' death a suicide, mom says

Updated: April 28, 2010, 10:05 AM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The mother of a University of Pennsylvania football player found dead earlier this week says he committed suicide.

Katherine Brearley says her son Owen Thomas was very self-directed but that his intensity "spiraled out of control."

Thomas was a defensive end from Allentown who had recently been voted a co-captain of the Quakers. The popular 21-year-old junior was found dead Monday at his off-campus apartment in Philadelphia. He had apparently hanged himself.

Brearley ...

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